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Things looking up for 6-year old battling lung issues

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For 6-year old DeShaun Jefferson of Lower Paxton Township, it appears the toughest part of his life may be behind him.

Back in March 2012, we introduced you to DeShaun, who had needed a trache device to breath since he was born. His mother, Sarah Smith, was fighting an uphill battle with insurance companies to have the device removed and have his airways reconstructed.

Fifteen months later, Smith told us how things turned for the better, thanks to a fantastic nurse at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

"I guess everybody sends you a guardian angel," Sarah said. "Robin Kingston, which is his nurse practitioner for the ventilator pulmonary department, suggested we go to CHOP."

Two doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ended up removing his trache device and determining that DeShaun would not need any work done on his airways.

It appears a long road to normalcy is over and now we see:

"A rambunctious healthy toddler," said Sarah. "We don't have any medications. All he takes is inhalers four times a day and that's it."

His mother said DeShaun's airways are a bit smaller and he has to get used to clearing his congestion on his own, but it doesn't seem like anything that would ruin his perpetually good mood.


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